Council members are prominent ambassadors for the institution, networking with peers and other professionals, and lending their voice to help influence and develop the profession. Being a Council member offers valuable experience in an environment that might be different from your day-to-day role. As an elected member to Council, you get the opportunity to participate in discussions around high level strategy; taking into account, wherever possible, the views expressed by your constituency. Council members also have the power to stand for and elect future office holders.
2. Am I eligible to stand?
To stand for election, you need to meet the eligibility criteria:
You need to be a member of the ICAEW, and have a clean disciplinary record.
You must also have a registered address in the constituency you are standing in, by the qualifying date.
3. How do I put myself forward as a candidate?
Complete your application online via ICAEW nomination system.
Submit a 300 word candidate statement and recent photograph.
You will need five nominators from your constituency.
Further guidance is in our candidate support pack.
4. What is a candidate statement?
As part of the application process, you need to prepare a statement about yourself - telling members who you are, why you are standing for Council, and why they should vote for you.
To help you with this, here are some points you might consider:
Are you already involved with ICAEW in some way – perhaps as a member of Council or one of ICAEW’s committees, or a district society?
Tell your constituents about your experience in practice and/or in business. Do you have relevant experience outside of the accountancy profession?
What do you currently do? How do you want to make a difference to ICAEW and the profession?
5. What else can I do to canvass my constituents for votes?
Canvassing constituents for their votes and making yourself visible during the voting period will play an important part in your electoral campaign. Here are some things we recommend:
A short 60-90 second video is a great way to tell the constituency about yourself, what you want to achieve on Council and why they should vote for you.
Social media is a great way to reach your constituents and we encourage you to use these channels as a way of communicating with your voters. For example, you could add a web link to your candidate statement, or perhaps post to the ICAEW Facebook or Twitter accounts.
By taking part in ICAEW events, and particularly by joining in with local member groups, you can meet your prospective voters face to face, tell them about the elections and encourage them to support you.
6. What support will ICAEW provide to candidates?
ICAEW will provide support and guidance to all candidates with their campaigns:
Candidate statement – we will publish your candidate statement on the ICAEW website, and also promote it more widely to your constituents.
Emailing constituents - during the ballot period, ICAEW will send out two emails to members asking them to vote for the candidates of their choice. We will use your candidate statement (and video) to tell members about you and your fellow candidates.